www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com ExxonMobil starts Tapis output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376661/ExxonMobil-starts-Tapis-output US supermajor ExxonMobil has started production from its Tapis enhanced oil recovery project off the coast of Terengganu, Malaysia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376661/ExxonMobil-starts-Tapis-output Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:58:59 +0000 live Chevron Pipe Line worker dies http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376658/Chevron-Pipe-Line-worker-dies A Gulf of Mexico natural gas pipeline that feeds a main supply point in Louisiana remained shut-in on Sunday following an accident that killed a contractor the day before,Chevron Pipe Line (CPL) said. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376658/Chevron-Pipe-Line-worker-dies Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:35:54 +0000 live Senex spuds Hathi-1 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376657/Senex-spuds-Hathi-1 Australia’s Senex Energy has spudded the next well in its South Australia Cooper basin programme, the Hathi-1. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376657/Senex-spuds-Hathi-1 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:15:35 +0000 live Petrobras sees output grow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376644/Petrobras-sees-output-grow Brazilian giant Petrobras saw output grow 2.2% in August as output from new platforms ramped up. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376644/Petrobras-sees-output-grow Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:41:24 +0000 live Linc signs on drilling player http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376631/Linc-signs-on-drilling-player Singapore-listed Linc Energy has signed on Australia’s Titan Energy Services for the drilling in the Arckaringa basin. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376631/Linc-signs-on-drilling-player Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:17:39 +0000 live Carmac delayed at Oyo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376621/Carmac-delayed-at-Oyo Houston-based Carmac Energy has been forced to halt drilling at the Oyo field on Block OML 120, off the coast of Nigeria. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376621/Carmac-delayed-at-Oyo Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:55:23 +0000 live Chevron mulls next Kitimat LNG moves http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376612/Chevron-mulls-next-Kitimat-LNG-moves Chevron's plans for Canada's first major liquefied natural gas export facility on the West Coast have numerous hurdles to jump before the project can come to fruition, including finding a new partner in the venture. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376612/Chevron-mulls-next-Kitimat-LNG-moves Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:54:56 +0000 live North Dakota output jumps 5% http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376607/North-Dakota-output-jumps-5 North Dakota's daily oil production jumped 5% in July to an all-time high, though the number was lower than expected as producers worked to meet aggressive flaring-reduction targets, state regulators said on Friday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376607/North-Dakota-output-jumps-5 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:59:50 +0000 live Energy & Exploration files for IPO http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376606/Energy--Exploration-files-for-IPO Texas-based onshore player Energy & Exploration Partners has filed with US securities regulators for an initial public offering of common stock aimed to raise around $400 million. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376606/Energy--Exploration-files-for-IPO Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:15:57 +0000 live US rig count up six http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376602/US-rig-count-up-six The number of rigs drilling in the US rose by six this week to hit a total of 1931, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376602/US-rig-count-up-six Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:05:01 +0000 live Noble books two rigs in US Gulf http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376600/Noble-books-two-rigs-in-US-Gulf Rig owner Noble Corporation has signed a pair of new contracts for work in the US Gulf of Mexico at substantially reduced dayrates. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376600/Noble-books-two-rigs-in-US-Gulf Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:24:16 +0000 live Petrobras preps for new floater drive http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376586/Petrobras-preps-for-new-floater-drive Petrobras is preparing to hit the streets in late November with a multi-billion dollar pair of tenders for the charter of two new FPSOs. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376586/Petrobras-preps-for-new-floater-drive Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:25:50 +0000 live OGPar gains discount on OSX 3 floater http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376580/OGPar-gains-discount-on-OSX-3-floater Brazilian independent OGPar has completed a deal first put forward earlier this year to gain a cheaper dayrate on its OSX 3 floater from former sister company OSX. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376580/OGPar-gains-discount-on-OSX-3-floater Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:08:43 +0000 live US joins EU in fresh Russia sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376578/US-joins-EU-in-fresh-Russia-sanctions Russian energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom were dealt a further blow on Friday after the US followed the EU in imposing fresh sanctions over continued instability in eastern Ukraine. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376578/US-joins-EU-in-fresh-Russia-sanctions Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:46:07 +0000 live Subsea 7 'to lay off staff' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376573/Subsea-7-to-lay-off-staff Subsea 7 is reportedly cutting its Norwegian workforce by between 100 and 150 staff as cost-cutting and project delays by the country’s dominant operator Statoil have hit its orderbook. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376573/Subsea-7-to-lay-off-staff Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:23 +0000 live Gallant drilling at Romeo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376565/Gallant-drilling-at-Romeo Statoil has spun the drillbit on a marathon wildcat at the high-pressure and high-temperature Romeo prospect near its shallow-water King Lear discovery in the Norwegian North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376565/Gallant-drilling-at-Romeo Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:39:56 +0000 live Hess readies Ghana well results http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376552/Hess-readies-Ghana-well-results US independent Hess will reveal full results shortly from an appraisal and delineation drilling programme on its promising Deepwater Tano-Cape Three Points licence off Ghana. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376552/Hess-readies-Ghana-well-results Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:25:54 +0000 live Mitsubishi joins Tullow off Ivory Coast http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376546/Mitsubishi-joins-Tullow-off-Ivory-Coast Japan’s Mitsubishi has agreed to acquire a 20% stake from Anadarko Petroleum in Tullow Oil’s CI-103 block off the Ivory Coast to boost its footprint in the booming west African exploration scene. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376546/Mitsubishi-joins-Tullow-off-Ivory-Coast Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:34:47 +0000 live EU names oil trio on sanctions list http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376542/EU-names-oil-trio-on-sanctions-list Rosneft and Gazprom Neft have both been officially named by the European Union as two of three Russian oil industry companies targetted by its latest package of sanctions. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376542/EU-names-oil-trio-on-sanctions-list Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:22:31 +0000 live BP in LNG deal with Tepco http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376541/BP-in-LNG-deal-with-Tepco UK supermajor BP has signed a 17-year liquefied natural gas deal with Japan's largest electricity utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376541/BP-in-LNG-deal-with-Tepco Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:59:15 +0000 live Statoil in $1.3bn asset sale http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376540/Statoil-in-1.3bn-asset-sale Statoil is selling more assets off Norway in a $1.3 billion deal with Wintershall that will see the Norwegian state-owned giant shed part of its operated stake in the Aasta Hansteen gas field, among other holdings. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376540/Statoil-in-1.3bn-asset-sale Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:42:37 +0000 live Brent continues its decline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376539/Brent-continues-its-decline Brent crude fell below $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six, as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376539/Brent-continues-its-decline Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:34:32 +0000 live Oz could lose billions of potential investment http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376538/Oz-could-lose-billions-of-potential-investment Australia stands to lose billions of dollars worth of potential liquefied natural gas projects to East Africa and North America unless changes are made, according to the chairman of consultancy group Douglas-Westwood. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376538/Oz-could-lose-billions-of-potential-investment Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:18:42 +0000 live Transerv sells off in BC http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376537/Transerv-sells-off-in-BC Australia-listed Transerv Energy has sold off a slice of its acreage in the prolific Montney basin in Canada. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376537/Transerv-sells-off-in-BC Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:53:15 +0000 live Voelte wary of Qld boom http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376536/Voelte-wary-of-Qld-boom Former Woodside boss Don Voelte has warned about the economics of the $70 billion gas export industry in Gladstone. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376536/Voelte-wary-of-Qld-boom Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:15:53 +0000 live LNG Canada weighing up yards for two trains http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376532/LNG-Canada-weighing-up-yards-for-two-trains The Shell-led owners of the Canada liquefied natural gas project have started the process of selecting the fabrication yards that will build the project’s large LNG trains, with Asian yards the likely destination. stories@upstreamonline.com (Upstream Staff) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376532/LNG-Canada-weighing-up-yards-for-two-trains Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:57:02 +0000 live Indonesia replaces resources man http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376522/Indonesia-replaces-resources-man Indonesia's president has appointed an acting Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources to replace Jero Wacik, who resigned last week after being named as a suspect in a corruption case. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376522/Indonesia-replaces-resources-man Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:00:29 +0000 live Noble Paul Wolff set for Asia move http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376520/Noble-Paul-Wolff-set-for-Asia-move Semi-submerisble rig Noble Paul Wolff is set to leave Brazil for a shipyard in South-East Asia where the rig owner will determine the fate of the drilling unit. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376520/Noble-Paul-Wolff-set-for-Asia-move Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:30:22 +0000 live Senex hits in Cooper http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376517/Senex-hits-in-Cooper Australia’s Senex Energy has hit oil in an exploration well on the western flank of its Cooper-Eromanga basin permit area. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376517/Senex-hits-in-Cooper Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:43:05 +0000 live Continental president resigns http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376505/Continental-president-resigns Continental Resources lost its president and chief operating officer Rick Bott, who left the US oil giant "to pursue other opportunities". Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376505/Continental-president-resigns Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:08 +0000 live Worker killed at XTO site in Oklahoma http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376503/Worker-killed-at-XTO-site-in-Oklahoma A man was killed this week at an XTO Energy-operated drilling site in Oklahoma when a pressure build-up at the well he was working on shot out a piece of pipe and struck him in the head. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376503/Worker-killed-at-XTO-site-in-Oklahoma Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:44:17 +0000 live Supermajors 'may be hit' by Russia sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376493/Supermajors-may-be-hit-by-Russia-sanctions A new round of US and EU sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine could halt billions of dollars in oil exploration in Russia by the world’s largest energy companies, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376493/Supermajors-may-be-hit-by-Russia-sanctions Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:09:19 +0000 live Linde wins work on Woodfibre LNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376485/Linde-wins-work-on-Woodfibre-LNG German technology specialist Linde has won a contract to provide engineering and procurement services for the Woodfibre LNG liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376485/Linde-wins-work-on-Woodfibre-LNG Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:29:46 +0000 live New EU sanctions to take effect Friday http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376484/New-EU-sanctions-to-take-effect-Friday The European Union is on Friday to press ahead with the implementation of a new round of sanctions against Russian companies and individuals, despite a shaky truce being maintained in eastern Ukraine. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376484/New-EU-sanctions-to-take-effect-Friday Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:23:53 +0000 live Dolphin shooting for Russia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376480/Dolphin-shooting-for-Russia Dolphin Geophysical remains intent on pushing for more seismic work in Russia after winning a key contract despite the threat of further sanctions that could hit future awards. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376480/Dolphin-shooting-for-Russia Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:11 +0000 live Quicksilver reports BC fire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376378/Quicksilver-reports-BC-fire Quicksilver Resources reported a fire at its proposed Discovery liquefied natural gas export facility site in northern British Columbia, Canada. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376378/Quicksilver-reports-BC-fire Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:48:19 +0000 live PGNiG: ‘Russian gas supply down 45%’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376320/PGNiG-‘Russian-gas-supply-down-45’ Polish state energy player PGNiG said imports of gas from Russia were down to almost half of what they should have been on Wednesday. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376320/PGNiG-‘Russian-gas-supply-down-45’ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:22:19 +0000 live Xcite tunes up Bentley for first oil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376314/Xcite-tunes-up-Bentley-for-first-oil Xcite Energy is targeting investments of around $800 million to develop its Bentley heavy-oil field off the UK with a contract for a leased newbuild jack-up rig likely to be awarded by year-end. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376314/Xcite-tunes-up-Bentley-for-first-oil Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:12:02 +0000 live OneSubsea's Rowe gets Cameron role http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376310/OneSubseas-Rowe-gets-Cameron-role OneSubsea chief executive Scott Rowe has been appointed president and chief operating officer of US services giant Cameron. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376310/OneSubseas-Rowe-gets-Cameron-role Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:26:27 +0000 live UK council rejects Celtique drilling bid http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376311/UK-council-rejects-Celtique-drilling-bid UK explorer Celtique Energie has seen its latest bid to drill a shale exploration well turned down over its location being within a national park. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376311/UK-council-rejects-Celtique-drilling-bid Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:20:00 +0000 live IEA trims oil demand forecast http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376309/IEA-trims-oil-demand-forecast The International Energy Agency has joined OPEC in trimming its global oil demand growth expectations for this year and next on foot of a weaker than expected outlook. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376309/IEA-trims-oil-demand-forecast Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:23:24 +0000 live Eni CEO probed over Nigeria block deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376303/Eni-CEO-probed-over-Nigeria-block-deal Eni's chief executive Claudio Descalzi is under "preliminary investigation" by Italian authorities over the company's purchase of a stake in a Nigerian block earlier this decade. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376303/Eni-CEO-probed-over-Nigeria-block-deal Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:17:29 +0000 live Norway reveals APA round bidders http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376299/Norway-reveals-APA-round-bidders ExxonMobil, Shell, Statoil, Tullow Oil and ConocoPhillips are among 47 companies to have applied for offshore acreage in Norway’s latest awards in pre-defined areas (APA) round announced earlier this year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376299/Norway-reveals-APA-round-bidders Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:25:09 +0000 live CNOOC puts 33 licences on the block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1376298.ece China National Offshore Oil Corporation has issued a tender inviting foreign oil companies to bid on 33 offshore blocks off east and southern China. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1376298.ece Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:24:51 +0000 live Gazprom profit chopped http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376296/Gazprom-profit-chopped A devalued home currency and an impairment largely related to a bad debt provision in Ukraine sent net profit tumbling at Gazprom in the first quarter. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376296/Gazprom-profit-chopped Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:36:51 +0000 live Statoil bites dust at Ensis http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376295/Statoil-bites-dust-at-Ensis Norwegian explorer Statoil has come up dry with a wildcat at its Ensis prospect in the Barents Sea off Norway, marking a further drilling disappointment in the Arctic frontier play. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376295/Statoil-bites-dust-at-Ensis Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:13:49 +0000 live President makes US discovery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376294/President-makes-US-discovery London-based President Energy has managed to increase its Louisiana production with the successful drilling of an exploration well. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376294/President-makes-US-discovery Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:00:30 +0000 live Aminex adds African potential http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376293/Aminex-adds-African-potential London-listed Aminex increased its resource estimate at the Ntorya discovery in the Ruvuma production sharing contract in Tanzania. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376293/Aminex-adds-African-potential Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:25:06 +0000 live Technip lands Kodiak contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376292/Technip-lands-Kodiak-contract French engineering player Technip has been awarded a subsea contract by Deep Gulf Energy on the Kodiak project in the Gulf of Mexico. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376292/Technip-lands-Kodiak-contract Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:22:48 +0000 live Brent falls under $98 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376291/Brent-falls-under-98 Brent crude fell under $98 a barrel on Thursday as worries persisted about ample supply and weak demand that dragged prices to 17-month lows in the previous session, although the drop was checked by geopolitical concerns in the Middle East. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376291/Brent-falls-under-98 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:44:25 +0000 live Linc gets approval for Wyoming UCG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376285/Linc-gets-approval-for-Wyoming-UCG Singapore-listed Linc Energy has received approval to move ahead with the first underground coal gasification (UCG) project in the US in 20 years. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376285/Linc-gets-approval-for-Wyoming-UCG Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:01:11 +0000 live Beibu drilling kicks off http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376284/Beibu-drilling-kicks-off Chinese state player China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has started drilling its first exploration well at the Beibu Gulf block in the South China Sea. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376284/Beibu-drilling-kicks-off Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:30:37 +0000 live UMW newbuild to head to Vietnam http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376283/UMW-newbuild-to-head-to-Vietnam Malaysia's UMW Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract by Petrovietnam Drilling & Well Services (PV Drilling) which will see it provide a jack-up rig off Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376283/UMW-newbuild-to-head-to-Vietnam Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:47 +0000 live Beach starts Cooper shale tests http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376282/Beach-starts-Cooper-shale-tests A significant shale gas stimulation programme has started at Beach Energy’s operations in the Cooper basin in Queensland. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376282/Beach-starts-Cooper-shale-tests Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:31:21 +0000 live Gov't: Brazil to more than double oil output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376276/Govt-Brazil-to-more-than-double-oil-output Brazil will more than double oil and gas production to 5 million barrels per day by 2023 from the current rate of nearly 2 million bpd, with the bulk of investments over the next 10 years going to exploration and production, the government said. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376276/Govt-Brazil-to-more-than-double-oil-output Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:53:01 +0000 live 'Defamatory' Ohio billboards come down http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376274/Defamatory-Ohio-billboards-come-down Two billboards in rural Ohio that cited apocalyptic Bible references in protest of wastewater injection wells in the US state have reportedly come down. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376274/Defamatory-Ohio-billboards-come-down Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:50 +0000 live BP stays with Oceaneering in Angola http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376272/BP-stays-with-Oceaneering-in-Angola UK supermajor BP has exercised two one-year contract extensions with offshore contractor Oceaneering International for work offshore Angola. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376272/BP-stays-with-Oceaneering-in-Angola Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:49:29 +0000 live Kaikias appraisal set for 2015 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1376271.ece Shell plans to begin appraisal work on it latest US Gulf of Mexico discovery sometime next year, with plans to tie back to existing facilities in the prolific Mars basin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1376271.ece Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:39:01 +0000 live Gohta bounty in sights of Lundin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376266/Gohta-bounty-in-sights-of-Lundin Lundin Petroleum is targeting further exploration to tap into a so-called "string of pearls” to the north of its Gohta discovery in the Barents Sea as it seeks to open up a new play in the frontier Arctic region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376266/Gohta-bounty-in-sights-of-Lundin Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:28:52 +0000 live Statoil to capture Bakken gas to fuel rigs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376265/Statoil-to-capture-Bakken-gas-to-fuel-rigs Statoil is expanding its gas capture and re-use pilot project in the Bakken tight-oil play where it hopes to fuel six drilling rigs using gas that otherwise might have been flared off. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376265/Statoil-to-capture-Bakken-gas-to-fuel-rigs Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:06:03 +0000 live Cameron LNG project OK'd to break ground http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376263/Cameron-LNG-project-OKd-to-break-ground The US Department of Energy has granted final authorisation to install liquefaction equipment at the Cameron LNG plant in Hackberry, Louisiana, for exporting up to 620 billion cubic feet of gas per year to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376263/Cameron-LNG-project-OKd-to-break-ground Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:43:42 +0000 live Poland sees reduced Russian gas supply http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376254/Poland-sees-reduced-Russian-gas-supply Poland said it was receiving 20% less gas than normal from Russia and a German gas operator said its supplies of Russian gas were slightly reduced, reports said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376254/Poland-sees-reduced-Russian-gas-supply Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:49:10 +0000 live Socar issues tender for gas plays http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376253/Socar-issues-tender-for-gas-plays Azerbaijan state energy company Socar has issued a tender for the joint exploration of two major gas deposits in the Caspian Sea with total preliminary reserves of about 600 billion cubic metres, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376253/Socar-issues-tender-for-gas-plays Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:45:15 +0000 live Hickenlooper forms frac task force http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376252/Hickenlooper-forms-frac-task-force Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has finalised appointments to a task force that will review the state’s oil and gas regulations as part of a compromise over November ballot issues that could have restricted hydraulic fracturing in the US state. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376252/Hickenlooper-forms-frac-task-force Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:21:45 +0000 live Statoil resumes Pingvin operations http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376251/Statoil-resumes-Pingvin-operations Statoil has resumed drilling operations at its Pingvin prospect in the Barents Sea after gaining the green light to continue to drilling the frontier exploration well. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376251/Statoil-resumes-Pingvin-operations Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:15:10 +0000 live GE partners up at Freeport LNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376243/GE-partners-up-at-Freeport-LNG US liquefied natural gas player Freeport LNG has chosen GE Oil & Gas as a technology provider and funding partner for its LNG facility on Quintana Island near Freeport in south-east Texas. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376243/GE-partners-up-at-Freeport-LNG Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:31:56 +0000 live Statoil: 'Cost cuts paying off' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376239/Statoil-Cost-cuts-paying-off Norwegian operator Statoil says its cost-efficiency drive is starting to give results in the form of, among other things, cheaper and faster drilling. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376239/Statoil-Cost-cuts-paying-off Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000 live Hoegh eyes FSRU newbuild orders http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376242/Hoegh-eyes-FSRU-newbuild-orders Hoegh LNG is eyeing imminent orders for further newbuild floating storage and regasification vessels after raising cash in a recent US stocklisting as it targets forecast explosive growth in liquefied natural gas demand over the coming years. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376242/Hoegh-eyes-FSRU-newbuild-orders Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:26:38 +0000 live OPEC trims 2014 demand expectations again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376230/OPEC-trims-2014-demand-expectations-again OPEC has trimmed its demand growth forecast for 2014 for the third month in a row as economic growth comes in slightly below expectations. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376230/OPEC-trims-2014-demand-expectations-again Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:59:06 +0000 live Pilenko positive on Brazil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376205/Pilenko-positive-on-Brazil French oil services player Technip is upbeat about its prospects in Brazil. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376205/Pilenko-positive-on-Brazil Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:51:48 +0000 live Canete named EU energy commissioner http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376225/Canete-named-EU-energy-commissioner Spain’s Miguel Arias Canete has been named as the EU’s next energy commissioner in a portfolio newly combined with climate change. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376225/Canete-named-EU-energy-commissioner Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:25:34 +0000 live BP: 'Scotland should stay in UK' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376216/BP-Scotland-should-stay-in-UK BP chief executive Bob Dudley has said the long-term interests of the North Sea oil and gas industry are best served by Scotland remaining part of the UK. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376216/BP-Scotland-should-stay-in-UK Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:08:26 +0000 live Kvaerner 'sale option' on table http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376218/Kvaerner-sale-option-on-table Kvaerner has not ruled out a possible sale of the company as part of a newly launched process to pursue strategic alternatives to further develop the business of the Norwegian engineering and construction contractor. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376218/Kvaerner-sale-option-on-table Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:04:34 +0000 live Odfjell nets long-term Statoil job http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376207/Odfjell-nets-long-term-Statoil-job Odfjell Drilling has scooped a long-term service agreement from Statoil covering operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376207/Odfjell-nets-long-term-Statoil-job Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:49:13 +0000 live Sea Trucks gains $130m financing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376194/Sea-Trucks-gains-130m-financing Sea Trucks Group has secured a $130 million financing facility to fund the completion of its deep-water pipelay and construction unit Jascon 18. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376194/Sea-Trucks-gains-130m-financing Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:42:19 +0000 live Kurdistan 'export nod' for DNO http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376193/Kurdistan-export-nod-for-DNO DNO has been given the green light by the Kurdistan regional authorities to pursue independent oil exports from the semi-autonomous region of northern Iraq, even though an export deal has yet to be hammered out with the federal government. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376193/Kurdistan-export-nod-for-DNO Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:33:33 +0000 live SembMarine buys SSP Offshore for $21m http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376174/SembMarine-buys-SSP-Offshore-for-21m Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine has acquired substantially all the assets of Houston-based floating production and drilling design and engineering specialists SSP Offshore for $21 million. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376174/SembMarine-buys-SSP-Offshore-for-21m Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:06:35 +0000 live Metgasco outlines lessons learnt http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376170/Metgasco-outlines-lessons-learnt Australian gas producer Metgasco has delivered a stern message in regards to operating in areas with strong community opposition to drilling. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376170/Metgasco-outlines-lessons-learnt Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:50:57 +0000 live Far gearing up for African drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376167/Far-gearing-up-for-African-drilling Australian company planning drilling in Kenya and Guinea-Bissau Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376167/Far-gearing-up-for-African-drilling Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:49:57 +0000 live SacOil acquires Egypt's Lagia oilfield http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376166/SacOil-acquires-Egypts-Lagia-oilfield South Africa’s SacOil has agreed to acquire Egypt’s Lagia onshore oilfield from Toronto-listed Mena Hydrocarbons for shares and debt repayments worth up to $14.1 million. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376166/SacOil-acquires-Egypts-Lagia-oilfield Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:33:01 +0000 live Trio in North Sea field agreement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376165/Trio-in-North-Sea-field-agreement Xcite Energy, Statoil and EnQuest have signed a collaboration agreement to study the possible use of common gas import infrastructure across three nearby North Sea heavy-oil fields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376165/Trio-in-North-Sea-field-agreement Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:27:47 +0000 live CGG nets 3D seismic work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376162/CGG-nets-3D-seismic-work French geoscience player CGG has gained contracts for a quartet of 3D seismic surveys in Asia-Pacific and Africa worth more than $80 million altogether. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376162/CGG-nets-3D-seismic-work Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:53:20 +0000 live Kvaerner seeks 'strategic alternatives' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376161/Kvaerner-seeks-strategic-alternatives Norway's Kvaerner is to "evaluate all strategic alternatives" as it looks to "accelerate" its development. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376161/Kvaerner-seeks-strategic-alternatives Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:31:09 +0000 live Baron booms as Vale quits Peru block http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376160/Baron-booms-as-Vale-quits-Peru-block Brazilian mining behemoth Vale has exited an onshore block in Peru with London-listed junior Baron Oil taking full control. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376160/Baron-booms-as-Vale-quits-Peru-block Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:23:03 +0000 live Kuwait hits oil in Iraq http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376157/Kuwait-hits-oil-in-Iraq Middle Eastern player Kuwait Energy has hit pay at an Iraqi oil project in the northern Basra province. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376157/Kuwait-hits-oil-in-Iraq Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:15:54 +0000 live Statoil in fast-track field start-ups http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376158/Statoil-in-fast-track-field-start-ups Statoil has started production at two more fast-track subsea field developments in the North Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376158/Statoil-in-fast-track-field-start-ups Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:10:37 +0000 live Philippines opens contracting http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376155/Philippines-opens-contracting The Philippine government has headed to Australia to talk up its latest contracting round, opening up 11 large areas to the market. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376155/Philippines-opens-contracting Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:53:08 +0000 live MEO nets Chevron work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376154/MEO-nets-Chevron-work Singapore-listed Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO) has won three contracts to work for Chevron in the Gulf of Thailand. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376154/MEO-nets-Chevron-work Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:36:34 +0000 live Mermaid to expand http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376153/Mermaid-to-expand Bangkok-based Mermaid Maritime has established a 100%-owned subsidiary Mermaid International Ventures (MIV) to expand its global presence. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376153/Mermaid-to-expand Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:14:57 +0000 live Senex and QGC in Surat asset swap http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376144/Senex-and-QGC-in-Surat-asset-swap Australia’s Senex Energy has agreed an asset swap with a joint venture headed by BG Group subsidiary QGC in the Surat basin, onshore Queensland. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376144/Senex-and-QGC-in-Surat-asset-swap Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:34:07 +0000 live Construction starts on Dingo pipe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376143/Construction-starts-on-Dingo-pipe Central Petroleum said pipeline construction is under way for the first onshore gas development in the Northern Territory for many years. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376143/Construction-starts-on-Dingo-pipe Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:11:06 +0000 live EU pushing for US trade deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376140/EU-pushing-for-US-trade-deal The US should commit to exporting oil and natural gas to Europe under a transatlantic trade deal in light of the European Union's geopolitical situation, the EU trade commissioner said on Tuesday. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376140/EU-pushing-for-US-trade-deal Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:50:53 +0000 live Roc abandons Chinese duster http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376141/Roc-abandons-Chinese-duster Australian company Roc Oil has come up dry with an exploration well on Block B09/05 in Bohai Bay, off the coast of China. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376141/Roc-abandons-Chinese-duster Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:40:21 +0000 live STW buys water conservation outfit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376139/STW-buys-water-conservation-outfit Texas-based water consultant STW Resources Holding plans to buy privately held Permian service provider Black Pearl Energy of Midland for just under $2 million. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376139/STW-buys-water-conservation-outfit Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:02:24 +0000 live Delphi bulks up in Montney http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376137/Delphi-bulks-up-in-Montney Calgary-based Delphi Energy has added to its Montney shale assets in British Columbia and sold off some other assets to fund the purchase and to speed up development of other properties in the emerging unconventional play. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376137/Delphi-bulks-up-in-Montney Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:26:15 +0000 live US Silica plans sand expansions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376126/US-Silica-plans-sand-expansions Sand producer US Silica Holdings plans to spend big on expansion projects that will add around 3.8 million tonnes of new capacity, a response to booming demand from unconventional oil and gas operators. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376126/US-Silica-plans-sand-expansions Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:15:51 +0000 live Armada tests Niobrara waters http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376125/Armada-tests-Niobrara-waters Dallas-based Armada Oil has finished drilling the first "science well" under a farm-out agreement with Anadarko Petroleum aimed at developing multiple benches in the greater Niobrara shale play. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376125/Armada-tests-Niobrara-waters Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:52:15 +0000 live US proposes new rail rules http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376122/US-proposes-new-rail-rules US rail regulators have proposed new measures aimed at preventing unattended freight trains carrying explosive cargoes like crude oil from causing accidents. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376122/US-proposes-new-rail-rules Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:46:31 +0000 live Chesapeake must face fraud charges http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376115/Chesapeake-must-face-fraud-charges Chesapeake Energy must proceed to trial on 21 felony counts alleging that its leasing practices defrauded landowners in Michigan, but the company won dismissal of two charges in a related anti-trust case brought by the state. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376115/Chesapeake-must-face-fraud-charges Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:40:46 +0000 live Premier installs Solan topsides http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376106/Premier-installs-Solan-topsides UK independent Premier Oil has successfully installed the topsides of a platform that will exploit the Solan oilfield on the UK Atlantic Margin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1376106/Premier-installs-Solan-topsides Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:24:52 +0000 live